NICKELBACK Asks Canadian Police To Remove Post About Subjecting Drunk Drivers To Band's Music

December 2, 2016

The members of NICKELBACK aparently didn't see the humor in a police department in Canada's province of Prince Edward Island recent threat to impose "the NICKELBACK treatment" on anyone who drinks and drives.

Canadian police warned drivers that they would be subjected to listening to NICKELBACK in police squad cars if they were arrested for being drunk behind the wheel over the holidays. Kensington Police Service shared a photo of NICKELBACK's "Silver Side Up" album with a message encouraging people to use a designated driver or cabs when going out, adding that police will be out "looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive."

But, according to TMZ, a NICKELBACK representative contacted the Kensington Police Service and demanded they take down the Facebook post that went viral this week.

The officer who wrote the original post, Constable Robb Hartlen, told CBC News: "What we were trying to do is put a little humor into a very serious matter of drinking and driving. What it does is it sparks that conversation, it pushes that idea that everybody knows with a little bit of humor."

Hartlen, who admitted to liking a few of the band's songs, added: "Poor NICKELBACK. They take the brunt of a nation's joke, and I'm sure they're crying all the way to the bank."

Hartlen also confessed that the police didn't actually own the album and that he had found a photo of it via Google. But he warned: "I would have no problems at all getting hold of a copy of NICKELBACK and making that the musical play-along on the way in to chat with someone who's been caught for drinking and driving."

NICKELBACK is currently at work on its ninth studio album, tentatively due in early 2017 via Republic Records.


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